The Skulls (2000)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
Dolby Digital Trailer-Aurora
Audio Commentary-Rob Cohen (Director)
Biographies-Cast & Crew
Featurette-Spotlight On Location
|Year Of Production||2000|
|Running Time||101:53 (Case: 106)|
|RSDL / Flipper||RSDL (78:29)||Cast & Crew|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Rob Cohen|
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Craig T. Nelson
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.78:1|
|Video Format||576i (PAL)|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
|Subtitles||English for the Hearing Impaired||Smoking||No|
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
This secret society is known as The Skulls.
When Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) is offered the opportunity to join this secret society, he jumps at the chance. But, his closest friends have their reservations and concerns about the consequences of joining such a society. For a while it looks like joining The Skulls is going to make all Luke's dreams to come true, but it soon turns sour after The Skulls have to cover up an unfortunate accident which occurred on their premises.
The transfer is extremely clear and sharp at all times, with no low-level noise or edge enhancement noticed. The shadow detail is very good when it was meant to be - there are quite a few scenes that have little to no shadow detail, but this was a deliberate cinematic choice rather than a transfer fault. There are several sequences that suffer from what appears to be strong edge bleeding, predominantly red, but this appears to have also been a deliberate cinematic choice rather than a transfer fault - one example of this can be found at 25:11 - 25:32.
The colour is exemplary. It is beautifully saturated, rich and vibrant, with natural-looking skin tones throughout.
There are a few scenes that suffer from some minor background grain, such as at 12:20, 32:28 - 32:40, 78:19 - 78:29 and 97:00. In addition to these minor instances there is one scene that suffers from some serious grain which disrupts the picture quality at 97:23 - 97:45.
No MPEG artefacts were seen. The sharpness of this transfer does, however, lead to some trivial aliasing and moiré artefacts. Examples are at 11:22 - 11:27, 43:40 - 43:45 and 90:12 - 90:18. There is also some extremely trivial telecine wobble during the closing credits, but it is barely noticeable and becomes totally imperceptible when the rolling credits start.
There is a light sprinkling of film artefacts. Almost all were small and unobtrusive.
This disc is an RSDL disc, with the layer change occurring at 78:29 in Chapter 16 on a scene change. It is well-placed, but is obvious because of the accompanying audio pause. Overall, it is pretty good.
The dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout the entire movie. Only two minor instances of slightly distorted/clipped sounding dialogue were noticed, at 31:28 - 31:30 and 95:52. I'm sure both of these occurrences would have been in the original source material and not transfer induced.
No audio sync problems were noticed with this transfer.
Randy Edelman's musical score is excellent.
The surround channels were very aggressively used for ambience, music and lots of special effects. Directional effects and precise sound placement within the sound field were the norm rather than the exception, putting you right in the midst of the movie at all times and not just during the action sequences.
The subwoofer is continually being used to subtly add bass to most scenes, and is highly active during some of the more dramatic sequences.
|Surround Channel Use|
The Special Features and Scene Selection menus also have musical underscoring.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The picture quality is excellent, but its overall rating has been lowered because of one scene that suffers from some strong grain.
The audio quality is superb, and only just misses out on being reference quality.
There is a good selection of high quality extras present.
|DVD||Sony DVP-725, using Component output|
|Display||Sony Projector VPH-G70 (No Line Doubler), Technics Da-Lite matt screen with gain of 1.0 (229cm). Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.|
|Audio Decoder||Built in to DVD player. Calibrated with Video Essentials.|
|Speakers||Fronts: Energy RVS-1 (3), Rears: Energy RVSS-1 (2), Subwoofer: Energy EPS-150 (1)|